Participate in the planning for Washington Street this Tuesday, 5:30 pm

If you  want to participate in the planning for improving Washington Street, please join the Presentation & Conversation, Tuesday, June 12th  from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the former Aquinas College, 150 Jackson Road.  

Hello Washington Street (pdf) 

Participate in the planning for Washington Street this week

This information is courtesy of Marcia Johnson & Tamara Bliss, Hello Washington Street Community Connectors

Below is a list of events  in which you are encouraged  to actively participate:

  • First and very important, please complete the Washington Street Survey
  • Second please participate in the following key events, see attached postcard for full details,:
  1. The “Kick-off”  session  – June 5th at NNHS from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  2. Key events at 1239 Washington Street in West Newton:
    • Drop into the “Pop up Workspace” to see how the design work is progressing. From 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm from June 7th  to June 12th. This is an opportunity for each of us to add our own thoughts and react to comments of others.
    • Participate in Critical Topic sessions:
      • Housing Diversity & Affordability – Thursday June 7th at 8:30 am
      • Walk, Bike, Ride, and Drive – Friday June 8th at 9:00 am
      • Understanding form-based codes & zoning – Saturday June 9th at 3:00 pm
  3. Lastly and very importantly join the Presentation & Conversation, Tuesday, June 12th  from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the former Aquinas College, 150 Jackson Road.  

Hello Washington Street (pdf) 

Massachusetts Leadership in the Woman Suffrage Movement by Barbara Berenson on June 5th

From the Newton Free Library:  Few know that Massachusetts was at the center of the nation’s revolutionary struggle for woman suffrage. A battle waged over historical memory obscured the state’s role—until now. Join Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers, for a talk on the role of Massachusetts women in the suffrage movement. A book sale will follow. The program is cosponsored by the City of Newton Department of Senior Services and Historic Newton.

LOCATION: Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 7 pm- 9 pm

Haywood House hearing at ZBA, June 6th, 7 pm

LWVN has twice supported the CPA application of Haywood House, a proposed 55-unit affordable senior living facility off Jackson Road in Nonantum.  This project will now go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on June 6th, 7 pm, at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall.

Here is some information from the Newton Housing Authority on the project:

Haywood House is 55 units of elderly housing, all affordable located on a piece of land being taken from the NHA Jackson Gardens project on JFK Circle.  The Newton Housing Authority will be seeking a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, but as part of the permitting process the City Council has voted unanimously to amend the prior special permit for the Jackson Gardens development to allow for the removal of land for the construction of Haywood House.  We are also pleased that the Urban Design Commission was very pleased with the substance of the plans at their meeting last week.

Click here to see the summary plans for Haywood House.

Community Meeting on Levingston Cove at Crystal Lake, May 30, 7 pm

This invitation is from the Crystal Lake Conservancy:

Please join us for an upcoming Community Meeting led by the City of Newton regarding the renovation of Levingston Cove at Crystal Lake. This cove’s deterioration impacts the health of lake, and the Crystal Lake Conservancy secured State funding for Newton to help address this concern. Our partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department along with the leadership support of Representative Ruth Balser, Representative Kay Khan, and Senator Cynthia Creem led to this exciting design phase of the project managed by the City.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm in Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library. The City has retained the services of Weston & Sampson to design a plan for improving Levingston Cove, and comments from the public are welcome during this meeting. To review the proposal please visit the following web address:

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